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Rating the Resources

Members of ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) were recently surveyed on a number of topics, with questions created with member input gathered at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, on social media, by email, and through comments on The Field. Responses were varied and included many insightful comments and suggestions, which will be shared and discussed with everyone here over the next few months, and also used to spark ideas for ASLA Online Learning webinars and posts for The Field.

When questions arise, where do landscape architects go for information and advice? In a field where relationships and networks are so important, the top response should come as no surprise: to a colleague or mentor.

We asked PPN members,  Who / what is your go-to resource when you have a question about landscape architecture practice. Here is the breakdown of responses.


  1. A colleague / mentor – 58%
  2. ASLA – 27.1%
  3. Other publication / book – 6.4%
  4. Other website – 4.2%
  5. Other organization – 2.1%
  6. Landscape Architecture Magazine – 1.7%
  7. Social Media – 0.5%.


Members could also write in additional comments and other resources for practice information. The main takeaways: building relationships, both within and beyond the profession, and having a reference library are surefire ways to always have resources on hand when more information is needed.

These additional answers included:

“Another landscape architect or other professional with the experience.”

“Federal guidelines for ADA, Forest Service publications, various university resources.”

“Google first - then whoever is highest on the page.”

“I have a library for a reason: to consult with!”

“I have an extensive library, know many experts in many fields, and have 40 years of experience. I also am adept at critically using the web.”

“I look to other disciplines for guidance, rarely within the profession.”

“I rely on the development industry (APA, ASLA, ULI, ICSC, CNU, etc.)”

“Mostly my library, but colleagues and the internet, too.”

“Online resources like Municode and the state statutes, too.”

“Local ASLA chapter leadership.”

“State Licensure Board.”

“There's a valid reason the Bookstore at each ASLA national annual meeting is still the most popular attraction.”

Time Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, or another book if I'm seeking technical information.”

“Phyto: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design”

“Usually refer to other colleagues, peers, past professors, respected professionals in allied fields.”

“We have a significant reference library on planning and design.”

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